LMDR Fund fuelling recovery efforts

One hundred days since the Wooroloo bushfires first started, $4.7m has been paid from the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund to fire-affected residents and property owners.

Two hundred applicants across City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring have accessed the fund which closed in March and sits at $16.4 million.

City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said the funds are making a significant and immediate difference to those people and families who are putting the pieces back together after the devastating fire in February.

"We have an incredibly resilient community, and this funding is helping to fuel the recovery efforts and rebuilding," he said.

"We're 100 days into the recovery, and while a lot of work has been done and a lot of money has been raised, there is a long road still ahead and we will be there every step of the way."

Shire of Mundaring President John Daw said it was pleasing to hear stories of hope and resilience during the past few months.

"Every dollar that was generously donated will be given back to our communities – where it is needed most – to assist recovery efforts," he said.

"Meanwhile, staff from City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring continue to work with the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund Board to discuss emerging issues and strategies to best support our communities."

LMDRF Board Chair and City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the wide support for Wooroloo and Hills Bushfire Appeal had been heart-warming.

"I would like to thank every single person who donated and while we can't totally replace what people have lost, we have been able to ease their financial burden,"  he said.

The Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund has been activated again due to the destruction and damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Seroja in WA's mid-west.

Mayor Bailey said the City was lucky to be on the receiving end of WA's generosity during the Wooroloo bushfires, and encouraged people to donate to help residents and businesses.

"If you can spare it, financial donations are the best way to support the cyclone-impacted community, as the rebuilding process can take time and cash is more flexible to support the many emerging needs during the recovery process."

Cr Daw said Perth Hills communities were overwhelmed and humbled by the kindness they have been shown this year.

"We understand how important every donation can be and have pledged $5000 to the Cyclone Seroja appeal," he said. "I ask those who can donate to the Cyclone Seroja appeal, to give what they can," said Cr Daw.

You can help those affected by this disaster by donating to the LMDRF at www.appealswa.org.au


11/05/2021
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